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Hidden Spy Cameras Protect Your Family

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Monday, July 9th, 2012

Hidden Spy Cameras Protect Your FamilyAlthough you have probably thought about purchasing a burglar alarm or outdoor surveillance cameras in order to protect your home from burglary, there are other crimes that you should think about, and these crimes cannot be caught by setting your burglar alarm when you are away or by watching footage of what has gone on outside of your home. These crimes happen inside your home, and they can threaten your family in more ways than one. Since it is your responsibility to protect your family from unsavory individuals, you should take steps to prevent these crimes from happening. One great way to protect your family is by installing hidden spy cameras within your home.

Have Burglaries On Tape
One of the best reasons for having hidden spy cameras in your home is the fact that you will have video footage if someone enters your home without permission. Burglaries can happen at any time, and it is good to always be prepared in the event that someone breaks into your home and takes your valuable property.

The advantage of having your spy camera in a hidden place instead of in the open is that the burglar will feel more at ease if he does not know that he is being taped. This could cause him to enter the home without a mask on, or he might act a bit more freely than he would if he saw surveillance cameras in your home. Each of these behaviors can make it easier for you and the authorities to determine who the individual is.

Lastly, there is always the potential for a surveillance camera that is in plain view to be stolen during a home burglary. Burglars can then take the very cameras that were meant to protect you to a pawn shop in order to make a profit off of your investment. At the very least, a crafty burglar might destroy your surveillance cameras or digital recorder if they are easily accessible, making it impossible for you to watch the video footage that could help you to catch the criminal. Therefore, hiding your indoor surveillance cameras is often a better technique.

Keep An Eye On Your Cleaning Lady
Hiring a cleaning lady to clean your home on a regular basis can be a lifesaver for a busy individual. However, letting someone into your home when you are not there can also be a recipe for disaster. In worst case scenarios, cleaning ladies can actually rob you out of house and home by stealing your jewelry, money and other small valuables. Without actual proof that this person was the one who stole these items, it will be difficult for you to press charges, and you may lose your valuables forever. Not only can this get costly very quickly, but it is also easy to lose sentimental jewelry and other items at the hands of a dishonest cleaning lady.

Even if your cleaning lady is as honest as can be, there is still some potential for her to disrupt your home. Some of these workers are very nosy, and they may not respect your privacy when you are not around as much as you would like to think. From going through your belongings to reading your private paperwork, these actions can be embarrassing and annoying, or they could be potentially harmful. By using hidden spy cameras to keep an eye on your cleaning lady, you are providing your family with the best possible protection even though you are allowing a stranger into your home. By watching the surveillance footage from these cameras, you can determine if you should simply chastise your cleaning lady for her nosy behavior, if you should fire her to petty theft or for failing to respect your privacy or if you should press charges against her for more serious crimes.

Hidden Spy Cameras Protect Your FamilyWatch Out For Those Who Are Doing Work Inside Your Home
When having your home remodeled or having other work done around the house, it is inevitable that you will have to hire someone to come into your home in order to complete the job. Many of these workers complete these jobs during the daytime while you are at work, so you are once again trusting your home and your personal and valuable belongings with these individuals. Even if you are home while the work is being completed, there is always a chance that a dishonest worker could slip by you and into a room where expensive valuables are stored.

In order to protect your family and your belongings from these dishonest individuals, it is important to have hidden spy cameras in place. Hidden spy cameras will help you to keep an eye on workers who are in your home, and you can look out for suspicious or dishonest behavior. If you spot anything suspicious, you can confront the company with the footage in order to have your valuables replaced and to ensure that the worker will not behave that way in your home in the future, or you can take the footage to the police in order to press criminal charges against the worker.

Monitor Your Babysitter
If you have a babysitter or nanny, you certainly have a lot to worry about. Although it might be hard to believe, many babysitters and nannies are not the people that you may think that they are. By using hidden spy cameras, you can keep an eye on your babysitter’s behavior without her even knowing about it.

There are lots of things to watch out for when using a hidden spy camera to watch your babysitter. First of all, you should look for a babysitter who is not doing her job as she should. A babysitter who invites friends or a boyfriend over even after you have made it clear that it is against the rules cannot really be trusted with the welfare of your children since she might be more interested in her social activities than ensuring that your children are safe and well taken care of. You should also watch out for babysitters who tend to watch too much TV or who talk on the telephone for an extended period of time — you never know what your children might be up to when they are left unattended for so long, and your babysitter probably doesn’t know what is going on with the children either. The only exception to this rule is if you have small babies who nap or sit in a baby swing, but make sure that the babysitter keeps the baby or the baby monitor close by at all times.

You can also watch to make sure that your babysitter is giving your children their meals and snacks at an appropriate time, and you can monitor what they are feeding your kids. If the babysitter is supposed to help your little ones with homework, a hidden spy camera can clue you in on whether or not she is doing her part. It is also a good sign if you notice that your babysitter spends a lot of time playing with your children and encouraging them to pretend or to be creative instead of placing them in front of the television or a video game for extended periods of time.

Unfortunately, some babysitters make much worse mistakes than neglecting their responsibilities. Although it is unsettling to think about it, some babysitters are known to abuse children in more ways than one. Luckily, you can use your hidden spy cameras to protect your family my watching for this type of behavior, and any signs of child abuse should immediately be taken up with the police to ensure that the babysitter does not go on to treat other people’s children in this way.

Also, as well as with cleaning ladies and other workers in your home, there is always the potential for a babysitter to steal from you. Keeping hidden spy cameras near your valuables can show you if your babysitter has acted dishonestly while she was in your home. You can also watch for sneaky behavior, and you will know if your babysitter has been betraying your privacy by going through your private things or by snooping through your paperwork and financial documents.

Hidden Spy Cameras Protect Your FamilyEnforce Rules With Your Kids
Another great benefit of having spy cameras is your ability to monitor the activity of your children. Teenagers have a tendency to try to sneak in after curfew, and it can be difficult for tired parents to stay up late in order to find out what time their teen got home. With the help of a hidden spy camera that is conveniently placed near your front or back door, you can find out what time your teen managed to get home, even if you are asleep. This allows you to enforce curfew rules, and you can even get an idea of if your child had been drinking or was otherwise behaving strangely after a late night out.

Hidden spy cameras are also a good way to watch out for bullying. Although no one wants to think of their child as being a bully, the potential for this type of behavior is there. With the use of hidden spy cameras, you can watch how your children interact with one another and their friends. If you notice bullying or other rude behavior, you can then use what you saw on the tape to talk to your child about treating others with respect.

Not only can hidden spy cameras help you to keep an eye on curfews and bullying, but you can use them in order to look for nearly any type of misbehavior. Hidden spy cameras can clue you in when your children break a variety of rules even if you are not there to witness it yourself. Although your child may not understand it, learning about breaches of these rules and putting your foot down is one way to protect your family and to help your children in the long run.

These are only a few of the benefits that can come from placing hidden spy cameras in different areas of the home, so it is a good idea for any family to consider installing them in order to provide their family with the maximum possible protection. When choosing a hidden spy camera, look for a model that takes high-quality footage. Using a cheap hidden spy camera can make it more difficult for you to recognize the individual who is in the video, and it can also make it hard to figure out exactly what someone is doing. Since good hidden spy cameras do not cost much more than the more inexpensive models, it is worth it to spend a bit of extra money to purchase one that is worth its while.

When placing your hidden spy cameras, make sure that they are positioned close enough to the area that you would like to keep under surveillance. A camera that is too far away might not shoot clear footage, even if your camera takes high-quality video. You also want to make sure that no items are obstructing your view to ensure that you can get a clear shot of the area in case something happens.

Lastly, it is important to make sure that you do not tell too many people about your hidden spy cameras. Although you might be intrigued by this sneaky tactic and might want to share it with all of your friends, the wrong person could find out about your surveillance activities, and you might find that you are unable to catch the footage that you are watching for if the wrong person finds out what you are doing.

Although hidden spy cameras cannot fully protect your family from bad scenarios, they can help in a major way. With the use of these handy little devices, you can help to protect your belongings and your children from individuals who do not have your family’s best interests at heart.

For any further information, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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How to Catch Vandalism

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Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

How to Catch VandalismIs your home a target for vandalism or “harmless” pranks from neighborhood kids and do you feel like you need a “How to Catch Vandalism for Dummies” book? Does your business suffer from the same thing?  Identifying the perpetrator(s) and getting documentation evidence of the actual act of vandalism is easier and much less expensive than you probably think.

One of the best and easiest solutions on how to catch vandalism, including video images of the act itself and the perpetrators that are performing the act, is to use a digital video camera.  Having an outdoor camera to watch your property is like having a full-time security guard on duty. With only a single camera or two, you can tell who’s driving up the driveway or see who’s knocking at the front door. And if you’re away, you’ll be able to know if someone was in your back yard retrieving that soccer ball that was accidentally kicked over the fence, or if someone decided to take a dip in your pool.

Use a “Vandal Resistant” Camera


The most common question we get about cameras is “which one should I use?”  Each situation is different and may require a different camera.  Security Camera King offers 10 different vandal resistant cameras for you to choose to solve your problem of how to catch vandalism.  A common issue when utilizing security surveillance is that the cameras become the target of vandalism themselves. The security cameras are the most visible component of the surveillance system and, if installed correctly, they are in the areas of highest risk. Vandal resistant dome cameras were designed with this in mind. Tough metal housings with remarkably tough Lexan domes will deter all but the most determined criminal.

We suggest either a true day/night camera(s) or an day/night infrared camera(s) so that you can monitor your property 24 hours a day.  In fact Security Camera King’s bundled entire system deals all contain vandal resistant infrared day/night dome cameras.

You will also need to determine if you have any situations that require special features such as a really high Wide Dynamic Range or WDR.  When it comes to how to catch vandalism you will want to take advantage of every aspect that can benefit you.  Take a look at our 10 vandal resistant dome cameras first and see if there isn’t one or more there that would apply to your situation.

Gather your Documentation

Most people are confused when we say gather your documentation because they think we mean written pages.  However, when we say gather your documentation, we mean gather your digital color video files that have recorded the vandals in the act and may even provide identification as to who is committing the crime.

You can use a USB Flash drive or the CD/DVD recorder that comes standard with some of our DVRs to prepare a disk(s) to offer to law enforcement, insurance agencies, and prosecutors.  There’s nothing more convincing than digital video footage to document the destruction.

What Kind of DVR (Digital Video Recorder) do I Need?
Once again, each situation is unique and so the selection of the DVR will also be unique.  You will need to consider how many cameras (channels) will be needed to do the job (in the security video industry, the word “channels” often means cameras).  Whether you want a CD/DVD recorder included to make backups and record footages of the vandalism being committed and want kind of resolution and frame rate you think you will need to record your cameras.

If you’re stumped on this decision or any decision pertaining to setting up a digital video surveillance system, please contact one of our experts for help.  They will be glad to speak to you in order to help you design your system and determine what type of equipment you will need.

All of Security Camera King’s DVRs are the highest quality DVR for that category.  Once you take a close look at what we have to offer we think you’ll be amazed at the quality, performance, and features our DVRs have to offer compared to any other in the industry.

Contact Us!

Whether you need help on how to catch vandalism, or specific help on what type of camera, DVR, or monitor to use, how to design and setup your system, etc. our security experts are there to help you decide.  You can contact them on-line using our “Live Chat” or you can telephone them at 866-573-8878 Monday through Friday from 9AM to 6PM EST.

 

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Home Security Motion Sensor

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Monday, November 14th, 2011

One of the many home monitoring devices is the home security motion sensor.  There are several types of motion sensors and that even includes digital video camera systems.  In the following article we’ll take a look at a few home security motion sensors and see how they work.  Hopefully this will help you to decide what type of home security motion sensor you need.

A home security motion sensor system is an excellent tool to provide security and surveillance for almost any residential application.  Modern technological advancements have made this camera system incredibly versatile and reasonable priced as well.

A home security motion sensor system may be used indoors or outdoors (or both for a given system).  Outdoor sensors and cameras (as opposed to indoor sensors and cameras for example) are designed to be housed by a protective enclosure.  The enclosure protects the camera from weather, dust, and other objects.

A home security motion sensor camera may be rated according to the protection that is afforded to it by the enclosure or its casing.  This rating, an Electrotechnical International Commission (EIC) standard, is call an Ingress Protection rating, IP rating, or IP code.

The rating consists of the letters “IP” followed by two digits, for example IP65.  The first digit of the rating describes the extent the camera is protected from solid objects and the second digit indicates the extent the camera is protected from liquids.  The example IP65 rating means the camera is dust free and protected from water sprayed from nozzles in any direction.

The first digit of an IP rating for an outdoor motion activated security camera system ranges from 0 – 6 with 0 indicating that there is no protection against contact or ingress of objects.  As the number increases from 0 to 6, the rating indicates that the camera is protected from objects continually smaller in size.  A first digit IP rating of 6 indicates no dust and complete protection against contact.

The second digit of an IP rating for the camera ranges from 0 to 8 with 0 indicating that there is no protection from water.  As this digit increases in value the rating indicates progressive protection from water with 1 meaning protection from dripping water and 8 meaning continuous immersion in water.

A home security motion sensor security camera system also has a unique characteristic as indicated by its descriptive name.  The cameras only record video when motion is detected.

This is accomplished by an on-board Passive InfraRed (PIR) sensor.  The PIR sensor can detect the infrared radiation from objects in the camera’s field of view.  If the sensor detects a significant change in the infrared radiation in this view, it assumes it is created by a moving object; hence it detects “motion.”  The sensor is connected to a relay that turns the camera on in recording mode to capture the video images.  The camera shuts off or stops recording when the sensor detects that the motion has stopped or after a pre-programmed period of time.

This feature, though small and simple in design and appearance, can offer tremendous benefits in the functioning of a home security motion sensor system.  Since the camera will only record video when motion is detected, this can save a tremendous amount of file space used on the system’s Digital Video Recorder or DVR.

In addition, all of Security Camera King’s DVRs can be connected to the Internet, so if a camera detects motion, the DVR can be programmed to send you an email, alerting you of the fact as soon as it happens.

A less elaborate mechanism one could use is a PIR motion detector as the sole home security motion sensor.  This of course, would be wired (or transmitted by radio waves for wireless models) to an alarm system main panel which then could call specified telephone numbers.  When someone answers on the other end, a specific message, usually previously recorded by you, the owner plays.  However, this method though admittedly simpler and cheaper, will not be able to provide actual visual documentation of the perpetrators.

The PIR sensor on a home security motion sensor activated security camera uses a very small amount of power to stay on.  In fact, compared to the power required to capture video, the PIR sensor’s power usage is significantly lower.  Motion activated cameras that operate on battery power last significantly longer between charges or battery changing because the motion sensor, in effect, conserves battery power.

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Personal Security Products

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Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

Security Camera King doesn’t just sell digital video security systems, we also offer a full line of personal security products to help keep you safe and protected.  Unfortunately, as time continues so do the reports of individuals that have been burglarized, attacked, and even murdered.   Our full line of personal security products are chosen because they are simple to use, small and light weight to carry, and are effective at what they do.  In the following article we’ll list and describe some of the personal security products that Security Camera King has to offer.

Bear and Dog Repellent

Many people are familiar with the little canisters of dog repellent that the postmen carry on their belts, but bear repellent?   Definitely.   If you are an outdoorsman and frequently hike, rock climb, or simply go for walks in the woods this is a must.  We have had one customer purchase bear repellent so he could set out his garbage safely at night!

These products contain chemicals, usually mace and/or pepper extract that are enough to confuse the bear long enough until you can get away. Security Camera King’s “Guard Alaska Bear Spray” has been registered with the EPA as a repellent for all bear species.  It is endorsed by the Alaska Science and Technology Foundation.  This particular item has a maximum effective range of 20 feet, which is great.  Who’d want to pepper spray a bear at a distance of 2 feet?

Folding Knives

These knives are designed as personal security products that can open with using just one hand. Sleek, stylish, and extremely sharp, these knives could be used for just about anything.  They are tough, rugged, and offered at a very reasonable price as well.

Handcuffs

When a suspect needs to be restrained, nothing can do the job better than a pair of handcuffs.  Security Camera King has double lock black cuffs, nickel plated cuffs, or double lock stainless steel handcuffs.  If you’re really seeking for some restraint, we also have locking thumb cuffs and leg cuffs.

Stun Guns

Nothing says “get away from me” better than a 300,000 to 3.5 million volt stun gun and Security Camera King has a large supply from which to choose.  Stun guns deliver a high voltage, low amperage charge all at once.  The attacker’s muscles absorb the charge the most causing instant depletion of blood sugar by changing it into lactic acid.  The result?  The attackers nerve impulses that direct the muscle are temporarily disabled causing loss of balance and control.  PLEASE NOTE: If the attacker is touching you at the time of discharge of the gun into the attacker, the electrical charge directed at the attacker stays with the attacker and will not flow into your body.

We have stun guns in a multitude of shapes sizes, and voltages that include cell phones, batons, flashlights, and knuckle blaster (fits on the hand like brass knuckles allowing you to deliver a punch that the attacker has probably never felt before.)

Mace Pepper Spray

Hey, if it’ll work on a bear, why not a human?  We’ve got all kinds of canisters of pepper spray including a complete line of leatherette holders.  Some of our spray canisters come in different looking containers than canisters.  FOr example we have Lipstick Pepper Spray (product# PS-LS), the “Pepper Pen” spray, and gold and silver generic sex rings that can deliver a shot of pepper spray.

Personal Alarms

We also offer a complete line of personal alarms in many shapes, sizes, and functions.  All of the alarms basically emit a loud high decibel piercing sound when activated.  These are some of the best personal security products available.

It includes window alarms, door alarms, purse alarms, individual activated alarms and many more.  Our Mace brand screecher is an aerosol driven alarm that can be used to notify others of trouble, ward off animals, etc.  We have alarms that look like normal key chains, alarms that have InfraRed (IR) sensors, and alarms that look like harmless UFO toys.  These can even be used  in places like desk drawers to alert of unauthorized entry.

One device in particular is extremely unique, the “Child Guard Panda.”  This is a proximity device that for which you determine the distance.  The child transmitter is a playful looking panda bear that is worn on the child’s wrist.  If the child wanders outside the area you have set, the alarm sounds. It works at distances from 6 to 30 feet.

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